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We ‘ll Not Inflict Any Pain On Our People, Says Gov. Abiodun


By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has assured the people of the state that his administration will not inflict unnecessary pain on citizens in the course of executing projects.

Governor Abiodun gave the assurance while receiving a report from the Committee set up to review projects and contracts awarded between 2009 to 2019, in his Office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

He pleaded for understanding from those going through difficulties as a result of the ongoing projects in their area.

According to him, “We have been careful not to inflict pains on our people as regards all the projects we have done so far.

“Let me, therefore, appreciate our people and also plead with them to be patient with us, particularly those that have to bear some inconveniences due to uncompleted infrastructural works.”

He said work had commenced on Kuto-Oke-Mosan, Panseke-Adigbe, Owode-Ilaro, Ejirin-Ijebu-Ode roads, while some other projects abandoned by the last administration were ongoing.

He disclosed that his administration had constructed over 90 kilometers of road in the last 15 months, saying “the era where the Chief Executive would singlehandedly award contract had gone, as government must have a clear strategic allocation of resources before embarking on any project.

“We must be mindful of how we allocate resources, now that resources are scarce and the government wants to execute projects that have a direct impact on the people.”

The Governor said the committee was to identify all outstanding significant projects in the past 10 years, determine the level of execution, quality of work done, and ascertain whether the process of contracts awarded was in line with due process.

Other terms of reference included; assess disbursement patterns in line with established process and procedure, recommend any viable pathways for completion of projects, as well as a framework to ensure continuity between succeeding administration, with a view to entrenching accountability and responsibility in government.

While reiterating the resolve to complete all projects, Governor Abiodun thanked members of the Committee, for sparing their time and experience for the good of the State.

Speaking earlier, Chairman of the Committee, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu disclosed that 114 contracts valued at more than N349. 376billion was awarded a total payment of more than N130.735billion, while a total amount for Unpaid Certificate of Value for work done was more than N20.741 billion.

He further stated that more than N218.380Bn was needed to complete the projects, adding that contracts awarded in terms of percentage were 88 for Works and Infrastructure, one for Agriculture, two for Health, three for Education, one for Housing, two for Commerce and Industry, while the balance was taken up by Ministries, Departments and Agencies.











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